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32 Variations for Piano on Happy Birthday

By Chris Donaldson

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From JS Bach to Elena Kats-Chernin - for piano solo.

Happy Birthday is attributed to two American sisters, Patty and Mildred Hill, who penned it in the 1880s. 

The 32 variations run in order of each composer’s birth date, starting in the Baroque Period, and ending with current composers alive and working today. For fun the composer has appropriated between one and five of each composer’s best-known works, 86 in all, into medleys, then altered them to include fragments of the Happy Birthday tune in subtle, and sometimes, not so subtle ways.

The volume includes a collection of photographs taken by Donaldson.

Composed and arranged 2024.

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3.    Joseph Haydn
6.    Giachino Rossini
15.  Johann Strauss Jnr.
18.  Peter Tchaikovsky
29.  George Gershwin
32.  Elna Kats-Chernin

ISMN 9790673145269

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4 Christmas Carols

By Houston Dunleavy

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TTBB male choirWords by Laura E Goodin. Composed 2004 arr 2014.

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1. Carol of the Word, c. 4'30, 
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4 Christmas Carols

By Houston Dunleavy

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SATB Choir 
Words by Laura E Goodin.  Composed 2004

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1. Carol of the World, c.4'30.SATB/piano, 
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3. Carol of the Crowd, c.5'0, SATB/piano, 
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5 Easy Pieces

By Rod Heard

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Arranged for trumpet and trombone. - suitable for grades 1 to 3
A collection of compositions in popular styles including, rock, swing/shuffle, Latin, rag and waltz. 
Composed 2018

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    ISMN 9790720214023

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    5 Pieces for Easy Trumpet

    By Rod Heard

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    Trumpet and piano - suitable for grades 1 to 2

    A collection of compositions in popular styles including, rock, swing/shuffle, Latin, rag and waltz. 

    Composed 2017

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      ISMN 9790720172316

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      70% Cocoa

      By Karlin G Love

      Regular price $10.00 Sale

      Solo piano, c.2'00

      70% Cocoa was composed in response to a themed challenge: ‘Momentary Pleasures'. “Momentary Pleasures?” said my friend, “That’s chocolate.”
      Combine the sensation of smooth, dark chocolate dissolving in the mouth with overtone building up inside the piano during long passages with the pedal down. This piece depicts one story of chocolate for me; there are many others. 70% is bittersweet – as is the history of chocolate whether or not it is fair-trade, organic, sugar free, etc. For the compulsive musicologist: the main scale used is 70% black notes.
      Composed 2017

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      ISMN 97907206187

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      A Musical Missionary: The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland

      By Rita Crews and Jeanell Carrigan

      Regular price $45.00 Sale

      Biography of Dulcie Holland co-authored by Rita Crews OAM and Jeanell Carrigan AM

      This wonderful Australian woman composer deserved to have her life and music celebrated much earlier, not twenty years after her death. But now it is been written by two musicians: one who knew Holland and had the opportunity to discuss her music with her; and one who has come to know Dulcie Holland from playing many of her remarkable compositions. Fortunately, there are detailed interviews available, giving a very good insight into Holland’s thought processes and providing an absolute wealth of information​.

      Holland was such a modest woman that she probably would have thought her music - and her life - was not worth writing about. She was always described as having an engaging and outgoing personality. She considered herself to be first a pianist, then a composer and thirdly a teacher, but composed music well into her eighties.
      Her compositions, numbering at least 330, included music in all genres except opera, though her musical play Jenolan Adventure, was certainly a work of drama for the stage. Documentary films, chamber music, works for orchestra, instrumental solos, many keyboard works and at least thirty songs are all part of her immense contribution to Australian composition.

      She is undoubtedly best known for the numerous musicianship and theory textbooks that she wrote over many years. Even the catalogue listing at the National Library mentions that “Holland’s name became synonymous with music theory in Australia.” Despite the obvious advantages of being the Australian expert on music theory, it has meant that Holland herself and some of her more serious compositions have been overlooked by musical critics.

      It is a tragedy that a biography and discussion about Holland’s music has taken until now to be written. She is certainly a composer who deserves to be celebrated. In her own words:

      But after many years of writing music, simply because I had the urge to do so, I have reached the strong conclusion that music is greater than the sum of all those who contribute to it, and that instead of adding to the volume of music that has been composed, it would be much more valuable to make new converts for music, to share my enthusiasm for it with those possibly as yet unaware, and to stimulate them to find out more of its mysteries and delights. I have had first-hand opportunities to observe how young people develop, how their tastes may be formed, and their imagination fired, and ultimately how their lives can be enriched by a knowledge and love of music. To encourage others along these lines has become my mission in life, and I dare to hope that my influence for good may continue long after my earthly life ends, thus adding significantly to the quality of life in at least one small part of this world.

      Composing is very difficult. It needs a lot of concentration and dedication to get things just right. I feel I’m a missionary in music in a way. [Dulcie Holland. 'Contemporary Music Review', 1994, Vol. 11]

       https://youtu.be/9WpdT2cehzA  Presented by Dr Rita Crews for KCC Music Professional Development

      ISBN 9781876829643

      Aaron's Eight

      By Phillip Wilcher

      Regular price $28.00 Sale

      Solo piano, c.20'30. Grade L.Mus - Professional
      Eight pieces dedicated to the late International pianist, Aaron McMillan.
      Composed 2007

      Recorded on the CD, Bundanon by Jeanell Carrigan (Wirr 023), available online


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      ISMN M720072531

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      Abbey Steps, The

      By Robert Burrell

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      For Choir or vocal ensemble.  Indeterminate duration.

      The Abbey Steps began its life as a haiku of the worn  steps that lead up into the side chapel of Salisbury Cathedral.  Music written for voices in the post-modern style.  Composed 2014

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      ISMN 9790720146843
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      ABC of Blues Book 1, The

      By Mark Matthews

      Regular price $15.00 Sale

      This fun seven-set of 12 bar blues pieces is an excellent start for a junior student wanting to venture into blues studies or a later beginner or intermediate who is yet to be exposed to the genre.


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      ABC of Blues 1 - sheet music

      ISMN M720041599
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      Abendlied

      By Colin Brumby

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      Viola and piano, c.3'00.  AMEB Manual List B, Level 2 5th grade
      Composed 2001

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      ISMN 9790720101804

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      About the drought

      By Mark Matthews

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      Available in digital download only, see below.  NOT available as hard copy

      Following months of drought then horrific bush fires throughout Australia, the composer was moved to write several pieces of piano music reflecting these dreadful conditions that are currently prevailing. 

      • About the drought - grade 3 and 5
      • Strong at the broken places - grade 4 also available online

      Composed 2020 January

         ISMN 970 0 720226736

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